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Sarah is Co-Chair of Shipman’s Cannabis Team and a member of our Employment and Labor Practice Group. She counsels clients on a wide variety of employment matters, including discrimination, medical leave, sexual harassment, compensation, termination, severance, vaccination and COVID-19 protocols, and workplace safety. Sarah advises on formation and management of a cannabis business, interpretation of state and federal cannabis laws, social equity qualifications and partnerships, business-related disputes, employment matters and contracts.

Today the EEOC published updated guidance to address questions it has received from employers about vaccines in the workplace.  The guidance represents the first substantive update to the rules from the EEOC regarding the pandemic since December 2020.

Specifically, the new guidance states that employers may:

  • Require all employees physically entering the workplace to

Effective today, Wednesday, May 19, 2021, Connecticut is lifting its mask mandate for vaccinated individuals per Executive Order No. 12.  During a press conference on May 17th, Governor Lamont announced that Connecticut will follow the CDC’s lead in loosening COVID-19 restrictions based on positive indicators including scientific data showing the effectiveness of vaccines, decreased

Join us as we take our annual public sector seminar virtual! During the month of May, we will host a series of CLE webinars featuring timely topics as well as updates on recent legislation and court decisions affecting public sector employers.

We invite you to register for any of the complimentary webinars listed below:

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On Wednesday, March 31, 2021, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a sweeping cannabis bill legalizing recreational marijuana for those aged twenty-one and over.  New York previously legalized medical marijuana and certain hemp products, but the new law takes the final step towards full legalization.  With the passage of this law, New York becomes the sixteenth state

Within his first few days in office, President Biden issued a wave of executive orders aimed at protecting workers amid the pandemic. According to the White House, the core policy objective underlying each order is implementing evidence-based measures to support the workforce and protect those hit hardest by the pandemic, including communities of color and

On December 27, 2020, after months of negotiations, Congress passed and the President signed The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Applications Act, a 5,593-page appropriations bill which provides several forms of stimulus related to COVID-19. Many employers are wondering what effect the new law has on the paid leave provisions of the Families First Coronavirus

On June 1, 2020 Governor Lamont issued Executive Order 7UU, which creates mandatory COVID-19 testing requirements for staff working at nursing homes and assisted living facilities, and modifies the definition of “suitable work” in the State’s unemployment regulations.  Employers should take notice of the potential expansion of the unemployment regulations under this Executive Order.

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Over the weekend, Governor Ned Lamont issued rules to allow certain Connecticut businesses to reopen on May 20th. These guidelines aim to provide specific, science-driven directives applicable to all open businesses generally and individual sectors specifically.

While the goal of the State’s phased reopening is to “speed up the pace of economic, educational, and community

As the pandemic continues, there are early signs that some employers will be permitted to start bringing employees back to workplaces as early as May 20th in Connecticut. Under what conditions will employers be permitted to do so? What risks exist for employers that are opening back up?

In this complimentary webinar — open and

Late Saturday, March 28, 2020, the United States Department of Labor updated, for the third time in less than a week, its guidance on the implementation of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) paid leave provisions.

The most recent guidance, among other updates, addresses two issues that have previously been unclear and will have